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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, August 1, 2003

Dr. Allan H. Jefferies
Esteemed pediatrician
NORFOLK, Va. – Dr. Allan Hammett Jefferies Sr., 81, of Willow Wood Dr., died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, with his family by his side.
Dr. Jefferies was a respected pediatrician in Norfolk for many years and served on the staffs of DePaul Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters.
Born in Cherokee County, S.C., he was the son of the late Mayme Hammett Jefferies and John R. Jefferies. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1947 and his medical degree in 1951. He was a member of Talbot Park Baptist Church and the Homer Hastings Bible Class. He was a past president of the Princess Anne Civitan Club and the Tidewater Pediatric Society, was a member of the Norfolk Host Lions Club and a charter member of the Town Point Club.
Dr. Jefferies was also a member of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine, the Virginia Medical Society, the American Medical Society and the Pediatric Society of Virginia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 54th General Hospital in Paris, France.
Dr. Jefferies was also a former member of the Masonic Order, the Norfolk Scottish Rite Bodies, Khedive Shrine Temple and its Jester Unit.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Frances B. Jefferies; a daughter, Mayme J. Sult of Concord, N.C.; two sons, Allan H. Jefferies Jr. of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and John R. Jefferies of Chicago, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Talbot Park Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Tim Dixon. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 631 Westover Ave., Norfolk.
Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Norfolk.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Paul D. Walters
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Paul David Walters, 27, of 129 Rollingbrook Rd., died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, N.C.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge.

Tina M. Wesson
Shelby, N.C. native
BLACKSBURG – Tina Marie Wesson, 44, of 1086 Dravo Rd., died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Shelby, N.C., she was the daughter of Mildred Marie Doty Wesson and the late Hal Brown Wesson. She was a member of Charity Baptist Church.
Also surviving are three sisters, Nita Wesson of the home, Tammy Byars and Reta Pennington, both of Blacksburg; and a brother, Hal Wesson Jr. of the home.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sheila Wesson Gibbie.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Westview Baptist Church in Shelby, conducted by the Revs. Rese Linnell and Tim Trexler. Burial will be in Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Gibbie, Neil Gibbie, Greg Turner, Donald Campbell, Billy Transou, Joey Byars, Derek Byars and Dustin Byars.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Edna B. Sparks
Retired substitute school teacher
Edna B. Sparks, 89, of 111 Henderson St., died Sunday, July 3, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare.
A native of Shelby, N.C., she was the widow of Broadus E. Sparks and daughter of the late John Borders and the late Mindy Runyan Borders. She was a retired substitute school teacher and a graduate of Gardner-Webb College. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Ann Sparks Keller of Gaffney; a brother, Craig Borders of Shelby; two half-sisters, Florence B. Bryant of Charlotte and Lona B. Allen of Shelby; a grandson, Stein Keller of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband an parents, Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by two sisters, Sue Borders and Grace Wright, and two brothers, John Borders and Wilson Borders.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Ann Keller, 434 S. Limestone St.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Rev. Donald Lawson Sr.
Administrator of Town of Blackville
BLACKVILLE _ Rev. Donald Edward Lawson Sr., 69, of 256 N. Baker St., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Aiken Regional Medical Center.
Born in Wesley, Ga., he was the husband of Martha Howe Lawson of the home and son of the late Brooks and Lucille Wyatt Lawson. He was a retired Assembly of God minister and was currently serving as town administrator of Blackville. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Donald “Bub” E. Lawson Jr. of Benson, N.C.; four daughters, Donna Lawson of Brunswick, Ga., Sharon Foust of Swainsboro, Ga., Lorraine Jollie of Cowpens and Dale Padgett of Gaffney; a brother, Waymon Lawson of Savannah, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Rev. Lawson was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Barnard.
Services will be held Tuesday at Covenant Christian Center, 500 Peachoid Rd., Gaffney, conducted by the Revs. Jim McClure and Steve Lawson. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 p.m. at White Columns-Gaffney and at other times they will be at the Padgett home, 141 Fleming Rd., Gaffney.
Active pallbearers will be Rev. Lawson’s grandsons, Jessie Withrow, Danny Foust, Donald “Bo” Lawson III and Nathan Padgett, and his nephews, Myron Barnard and Lynn Barnard.
Honorary pallbearers will be fellow employees of the Town of Blackville.
Memorials may be made to the Advent Christian Home, Dowling Park, Fla.; or to Covenant Christian Center Building Fund, 500 Peachoid Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

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